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Xavier Alliance hosts showing of 'For the Bible Tells Me So'

Documentary shows how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child

01/24/08

The Xavier Alliance is sponsoring a showing of "For the Bible Tells Me So," a new documentary focusing on the lives of five real Christian families who happen to have a gay son or daughter. The showing takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center Theater and asks the question: Can love between two people ever be an abomination? Is the chasm separating gays and lesbians and Christianity too wide to cross? Is the Bible an excuse to hate?

Through the experiences of five normal, Christian, American families,  including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, viewers can discover how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child. The film also includes conversations with Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harvard University's Peter Gomes, Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg and Reverend Jimmy Creech who offer healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and sexual identity. The film won the 2007 Grand Jury Prize at the The Sundance Film Festival.

“Rather than smacking down with a righteous hammer, director Daniel Karslake simply takes those who would believe that there is no common ground between faith and homosexuality and gently, relentlessly chisels away at every argument that bolsters those beliefs," says one Sundance reviewer. "Karslake shines a light on how often regular people believe what they've been told the Bible says about homosexuality without ever questioning what they've been told.”

A discussion will follow the film. For more information, please call 513-921-8887.